Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Welcome Ann B. Harrison today

Please give a warm welcome to author Ann B. Harrison who sat down with me and answered a few questions.

To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?

My next release is Instant Families with Breathless Press.

If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?
Taming the Outback was my first book and still my favorite. I have a thing for strong women and Libby is certainly that. She is a widow with two unruly kids struggling to make ends meet when an inheritance gives her the chance to start over.
She didn't factor a surly neighbor in the mix and sparks fly when she comes head to head with Nathan.

Where do you find the inspirations for your stories?
I swear my brain never turns off. Everything I look at or hear twigs something in my brain and it goes through a process. Would that work, how would I do that? Drives me nuts some days.

If you had a reporter follow you around for the day, what would the readers get to see in your daily schedule? 
I fluff around way too much. If I was more dedicated I would have a new release every 6-8 weeks. I really must be harder on myself.

When you begin your stories, do you go with the flow, or go with an outline?
I go with the flow. Once I tried to outline and got into a hopeless mess. My characters refused to do what I wanted and retaliated terribly. Now I stick to being a pantser and it works for me. 

What makes your characters so vulnerable yet strong? Can you describe them to us? What do you do when characters stop talking to you when writing?
We all have our flaws and my characters are no different. As handsome as my hero is, he is alone and wants what we do, love and someone to come home to each night. Jake is a widow with a young family who lost his wife after a short marriage. When he sees Sara move into town he realizes he has the capacity to love again and sets out to woo her. Sadly Sara has no self esteem coming from a broken marriage and has decided that family and love are not for her.
Just as well Jake doesn't take no for an answer.

When my characters stop talking to me I hammer then until they start again. Seriously. I can be very annoying when I put my mind to it. It's easier to give in than listen to me nag.

Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories?
Most definitely and I usually listen to the same CD over and over when I write. It helps block out the outside world. At the moment I'm listening to Pink - The Truth About Love

What do you feel is the most important thing that a first-time author should know? 

It won't be an easy road but nothing worth having is. Your editor won't be as uncritical as your family. You need to learn to go with the criticism if you want to grow as a writer.

Instant Families, coming to Breathless Press at end of July 2013
Contemporary Romance

Divorcee Sara makes the move to a new town hoping to heal her broken heart.
She settles into work and life but breaks her own rules falling for a widower with two children. 

Can Jake convince her to give their love a chance or will her fear of being a mother ruin what they could have together.

About the author:
Ann swears she was born with a book in her hands and has never put it down. A lifelong love of reader has finally culminated in achieving her dream of writing...and publication.
She lives in the middle of the desert in a small mining town with her own handsome hero of many years. Ann has always loved the ups and downs of life in small communities and she shares this with readers in her rural romances.
Strong sexy heroines with a good dash of sass thrown in feature in her stories. Of course these women need an equally strong hero. Bring on the outback hero and watch the passion ignite.

When not writing Ann enjoys reading, gardening, walking her very large dog Hugo and fighting with her computer.

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